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Corflute hand - white

From the Collection of Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) 102 Stawell Street Ballarat VIC

White corflute hand mounted on wire. One of ANTaR's 'Sea of Hands'. Masking tape across one side of hand
Object Registration
antar, reconciliation, native title, indigenous, sea of hands
Historical information
This corflute hand was produced in 1997 as part of a campaign by ANTAR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) to mobilise non-Aboriginal support for native title in response to the Federal Government’s proposals to amend the Native Title Act.

The Sea of Hands was a physical representation of ANTAR’s campaign, conceived by Australian Artists Against Racism. In October 1997, plastic hands in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags, each bearing a signature, were planted in front of Parliament House in Canberra. At the time it was the largest public art demonstration in Australia.
When Made
post 1997
Made By
This object has historical significance at a national level for its association with key milestones in Australia’s political history and the contemporary history of indigenous and non-indigenous activism.

It also has social significance, as Sea of Hands installations continue to this day. Over time, the Hands have become a symbol of the reconciliation movement.
Last updated
17 Oct 2017 at 5:06PM